UPDATE: Wednesday, May 2, 2012
An organ donation group says more than 100,000 people used a new Facebook feature the first day to declare they are donors.
The new option was announced Tuesday by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to boost the number of potential organ donors. It allows Facebook users to add organ donor along with other personal information on the site.
Donate Life America, the group working with Facebook, said more than 100,000 users had added their donor status by Tuesday night.
The feature also provides a link to state registries so people can officially sign up to be a donor. By Wednesday morning, 18,000 Facebook users had used the link.
But a spokeswoman said they don't know how many of those 18,000 followed through and registered.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Facebook wants to help you share your organs.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg says U.S. and U.K. users will be able to enroll as organ donors via links on the world's biggest social networking site.
Facebook users who are already organ donors can add that information to their Facebook Timelines.
Zuckerberg says his friendship with Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, who had received a liver transplant before he died last year, helped spur the idea.
Zuckerberg announced the organ donor update to Facebook on "Good Morning America" Tuesday.
Facebook Inc., based in Menlo Park, Calif., is busy readying an initial public stock offering said to be pegged at $5 billion. Facebook's IPO could place the company's value at $100 billion.